|Jordan Papirny stopped 42 shots and all eight of|
Medicine Hat's shootout attempts Saturday
Papirny stopped 42 shots in regulation and overtime and then turned aside all eight shootout attempts to lead the Wheat Kings to a 3-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers.
The matchup between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference standings wasn’t decided until Braylon Shmyr scored in the eighth round of the shootout, the only goal in a combined 16 attempts for the two teams.
“We talk all the time about having to win low-scoring 3-2 type games, which is what you’ll see when you get deeper into the season and into the playoffs,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “There was some chances that we gave up, chances that they gave up but it’s two pretty good teams playing tonight, and I thought it was a well-played game by both sides.”
The Wheat Kings never led in Saturday’s contest.
Steve Owre opened the scoring for Medicine Hat at 16:31 of the first period, with Colton Waltz tying the game 1-1 with 15.7 seconds left in the opening frame.
After a goalless second period, the Tigers took their second one-goal lead of the game when Blake Penner scored 2:19 into the third period.
Reid Duke tied it for Brandon, re-directing a goal-mouth pass from Jayce Hawryluk past Marek Langhamer at 9:07 of the third period.
“We grabbed the momentum there with our second goal and we were able that into overtime and create some strong opportunities,” said Waltz on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Paps did his job...he was our rock back there tonight and we were able to get the two points.”
Langhamer finished with 36 saves, six fewer than Papirny made in the Brandon net.
|Reid Duke scored one of Brandon two goals Saturday|
McCrimmon said the 18-year old Edmonton product has made some slight adjustments in the past couple of weeks that has helped lead to his recent success.
“It’s allowed him to play a little big bigger, which is important for any goaltender, and in turn, it’s added to his confidence. Jordan has always been great in terms of movement, positioning, the ability to get side-to-side and I think what he’s done is just some adjusted a couple of things in his game to make hinmself bigger.”
The victory gives the Wheat Kings (17-4-1-0) a five-point lead over second-place Medicine Hat (14-4-1-1) in the Eastern Conference standings.
Chaff...Brandon scratches were D Kale Clague (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), F Tanner Kaspick (healthy) and D Mark Matsuba (healthy)...Brandon was 5-for-5 on the penalty-kill Saturday, just the second time in the last 13 games that they hadn’t surrendered a power-play goal...the auction of the Wheat Kings’ military-themed jerseys raised $15,901 Saturday. The proceeds are going to the United Way of Brandon and District Community Fund
|Wheat Kings' captain Peter Quenneville and little brother|
David of the Tigers took part in the ceremonial